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29 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 NRL – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 30th March, 06:10 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

RABBITOHS

Head Coach: Anthony Seibold

Starting 13: Johnston, Kennar, Inglis, Gagai, Jennings, Walker, Doueihi, T. Burgess, Cook, S. Burgess, Sutton, Crichton, Murray – Interchanges: Hunt, Nicholls, G. Burgess, Tatola – Reserves: Farah, Clark, Burns, Turner

Unavailable: Adam Reynolds, Zane Musgrove, Jesse Arthars, Campbell Graham, Tyrell Fuimaono

  • South Sydney won their first game of the season with a convincing win over Manly last week. Souths took the lead through a Robert Jennings try in the first minute and never looked back with Jennings going on to bag a hat-trick in a 34-6 win.
  • After his first win as Rabbitohs head coach, Anthony Seibold has selected the same 17 from last week as his side look for back-to-back wins.
  • Souths produced some impressive stats last week, including racking up over 2,000 metres. They made 2,006 metres from 210 runs for 9.55m a carry whilst restricting Manly to just 1,387 metres at 8.31m per carry.

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Mbye, B. Morris, J. Morris, Hopoate, Montoya, Marshall-King, Foran, Woods, Lichaa, Klemmer, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Tolman – Interchanges: Elliott, Fualalo, Tuaolo, Brown – Reserves: Toomaga, Holland, Fine, Olive

Unavailable: Tom Carr

  • Dean Pay managed to get his first win as Canterbury head coach as his side held on to beat Penrith last week. The Bulldogs raced into a 14-0 lead but had to defend well to keep the Panthers at bay late on as they just clung on to win 20-18.
  • Jeremy Marshall-King retains his place in the side after a strong display last week with the rest of the side also remaining unchanged.
  • Canterbury have been very disciplined so far this season and conceded five penalties less than Penrith in their game last week. The Bulldogs have conceded just 6.7 penalties per game so far this season and will need to keep the penalty count down to prevent giving up easy metres to the team at the top of the metres made chart.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these new head coaches picked up their first wins last week and will be hoping it is the start of a good run of form. Souths were dominant against Manly whilst Canterbury did well to beat a buoyant Penrith side. Souths have made more metres than any other team so far this season with 5,224 metres from their three games with their big men setting the platform for the outside backs to go to work last week with five of their seven tries coming from their wingers. Canterbury were much improved on their first two efforts in their win last week but Souths could be too difficult to handle through the middle and can be the side to win back-to-back games.

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